26th February 2015

Solicitors from Ben Hoare Bell recently met with Chief Investigating Officer Paul Goundry who confirmed that Durham Constabulary have now been contacted by up to 1000 former inmates of Medomsley Detention Centre. The victims report that they were physically and sexually abused to varying degrees by prison officers during the 1960s to the 1980s.

The operation is believed to be the largest ever investigation into child abuse in the UK.

We were told that the investigation has now progressed to the stage where former officers are being voluntarily questioned by police. This is expected to be a lengthy process with a large number of officers expected to be questioned.

CIO Goundry stressed his team are committed to ensuring support for victims and encouraged people to contact services for assistance including NSPCC (0808 800 5000) and The Meadows Sexual Assault Referral Clinic (0191 301 8554).

The abuse team at Ben Hoare Bell represent a large number of former Medomsley inmates in respect of compensation claims both to the Ministry of Justice and the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority.

Our initial advice is to:

  1. Report the matter to the Police as soon as possible and cooperate fully with the on going investigation.
  2. Contact a solicitor specialising in the field of child abuse to discuss whether you are able to pursue a claim. There is no need to wait until the outcome of the criminal investigation before getting some advice.

If you wish to discuss a new enquiry please do not hesitate to contact our team on 0191 516 0466 or by email advice@benhoarebell.co.uk